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Should I Get My Wisdom Teeth Removed Before Getting Braces?

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Braces help us achieve a perfect smile by straightening crooked teeth, aligning bites, and allowing permanent teeth to come in properly. However, many people are concerned, and understandably so, that the growth of wisdom teeth will affect the outcome of their brace treatment. After investing months or years to finally get that perfect smile, the last thing one would want is wisdom teeth erupting and ruining their beautiful smile.

As such, many patients want to know whether they should have their wisdom teeth extracted before getting braces.

What Are Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth are the last extra set of molars, also known as third molars, that sit at your jaw’s far-end corners. They were crucial to the early man for chewing hard-to-eat food such as roots and raw meats. However, thanks to evolution and modern dietary changes, the third molars are now no longer necessary.

Consequently, the space for teeth and jaw has decreased in size with generations, making it hard for the extra set of molars to fit with the other teeth. In fact, a study reveals that about 35% are born without this extra set of teeth. But for those born with wisdom teeth, their eruption can start anywhere from 17-21 or even 25 years in some cases.

Wisdom teeth that have inadequate room for their growth are known as impacted wisdom teeth. They are likely to erupt in the wrong position causing crowding, swelling, and even ear pain. In such a case, it becomes difficult to floss between the teeth and remove any trapped food. This results in bacteria buildup even when you practice good oral hygiene. As a result, the patient is likely to suffer from cavities, infections, and periodontal diseases.

Will Wisdom Teeth Affect Braces?

People choose to wear braces for different reasons. Some want to have a beautiful and straight smile that builds their confidence, while others want to achieve proper tooth alignment to ease cleaning through brushing and flossing.

The good news is that wisdom teeth do not affect tooth straightening. Even when they move, they exert a tiny force, not enough to change the teeth straightening treatment. Also, any brace intended to improve your smile acts on the visible teeth when you smile, and these are typically 10-12 front teeth.

Wisdom teeth won’t cause misalignment or crooked teeth after braces because their weak forces can’t cause a significant movement. Crooked teeth are more likely to occur when one fails to wear retainers or from forces from muscles, lips, or cheeks that are greater.

However, it is important to note that wisdom teeth may affect different people differently, and their effects on braces will differ from person to person.

Should I Consider Wisdom Teeth Removal?

As indicated above, it’s perfectly safe to get your braces with your wisdom teeth. However, before you do that, it is best to first get a professional opinion from an orthodontist. Sometimes the individual jaw could make an orthodontist suggest wisdom teeth removal before starting the brace treatment. That is especially when there is little space in your mouth, and the eruption of the wisdom teeth after treatment can affect the outcome. But in other cases where the jaw has adequate room, the extra set of are often left in place.

Book an Appointment Today!

The best way to determine whether it is necessary to remove your wisdom teeth before a brace treatment is to consult an experienced orthodontist who will recommend the appropriate course of action after an oral examination.

At Schwab Orthodontics, we are committed to providing innovative and high-quality orthodontic care customized to the unique needs of each patient who visits our clinic. Schedule an orthodontic appointment today we’d be more than happy to help.